Showing posts with label follow me back. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Recommendation: Geekerella - Ashley Poston: Star Trek and Conventions

In GEEKERELLA, Elle enters a cosplay contest to win tickets to meet the star of the reboot of her favorite TV series.

What intrigued me: I was craving some more classic takes on fan fiction tropes and stories!

Super cute!

GEEKERELLA is an intensely fun story about a fangirl falling for the new actor who was cast in the reboot of her favorite series, and whom she despises. If you love a good enemies-to-lovers story with You've Got Mail elements and lots of nerdy references, you will absolutely adore this. 

GEEKERELLA is sprinkled with references from Star Wars to Princess Bride, and is definitely one of those happy-go-lucky reads that will make you feel all fuzzy inside. GEEKERELLA follows the tradition of a couple similar books that pay hommage to fandom culture, but remains wholly original through the fairy tale spin. As you may have guessed from the title, this is a Cinderella retelling, complete with mean stepsisters and all. If you love Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell, and want a cute contemporary, you will absolutely adore this. 

Fabulous Writing and Characters

Poston is a very talented writer that immediately managed to catch my interest through the fabulous dual narration. As we all know dual narration is pretty much always hit or miss and requires an immense talent to pull off. Poston definitely possesses that. Love interest Darien is absolutely my favorite character in this and I loved him so much that I wished the whole story was told from his perspective. You'll definitely play favorites when reading GEEKERELLA. Elle, who lives with her vlogging bratty stepsisters and stepmother, is completely different than Darien, teen heartthrob and secretly just as much of a Starfield geek. It makes for such a great almost-starcrossed lovers story to read about these two secretly falling for each other. 

It should also be noted that Darien is a man of color, he's Indian if I'm not mistaken. Poston generally managed to gain a bazillion sympathy points with the way she handled adding characters of color into this story. GEEKERELLA is for the fans out there who love obsessing about TV shows. It's spiked with little references to the age of technology with a blogger protagonist and an online romance. You'll love this.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

GEEKERELLA is a super cute love letter to fangirls and fanboys out there. Especially if you love Star Trek, you'll adore this.

Additional Info

Published: April 4th 2017
Pages: 320
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781594749476

"Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?"
(Source: Goodreads)

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Monday, April 11, 2016

[Review] Follow Me Back - Nicci Cloke: Unreliable Narrators, Disappearances, and Douchebags

In FOLLOW ME BACK, Aidan's classmate Lizzie disappears. When he gets approached by her best friend Marnie, they start investigating her disappearance.

What intrigued me: The cover promises an interesting mystery involving social media.

Why should we care?

FOLLOW ME BACK really isn't what it promises to be. I got teased by the cover and the premise surrounding the disappearance. Sadly, there isn't much to this book aside from this. The biggest problem this novel has is that there is no reason for the reader to care about Lizzie. GONE GIRL for example, works with a similar premise but makes sure to add little snippets to familiarize the reader with the disappeared character and makes sure that we care. I just missed that with FOLLOW ME BACK.

Like this, I wasn't interested in solving the mystery around Lizzie's disappearance and surely didn't root for Aidan either. The mere fact that this is advertised as being a novel including an unreliable narrator makes FOLLOW ME BACK insanely predictable, cliche, and boring. We know Aidan has something to do with it from the start, and therefore the plot twists don't come as a shock. The mundane scenes we have to go through for world establishing aren't helpful either. FOLLOW ME BACK really wants to be a thriller, but is only a mediocre mystery with very predictably acting, unlikable characters.

Social media is terrible and we're all going to die

FOLLOW ME BACK has a lot of potential. If I look over the fact that it's impossible to care for Lizzie, and that the mystery isn't really much of one - Aidan is a terrible main character. He hardly has any personality and frequently slut-shames and judges girls by their appearance, which I'm so, so, so tired of reading about. The whole story doesn't read like it's written from Aidan's perspective, really, because the narration is really shallow and he doesn't have a distinctive, memorable voice.

For being a book with a cover that insinuates having roots in social media, most of the novel just desperately tries to tell us how bad social media is and how dangerous and shallow it all is. I'm just not a fan of it. It reads like Cloke is talking down to her audience, seeming patronizing, and I cannot stand that. In the age of technology, social media is just necessary - this pseudo cautionary tale just doesn't work. Especially because none of the characters in FOLLOW ME BACK actually talk real teenagers do online. I was expecting more than just the occasional lazy conversation, more illustrations, more "following" and less "social media is bad and you're literally going to die if you use it."




Overall: Do I Recommend?

FOLLOW ME BACK has the potential to be an interesting novel about a disappearance, much like Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK, but really didn't grip me.

Additional Info

Published: February 4th 2016
Pages: 288
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genre: YA / Thriller
ISBN: 9781471405082

"A thrilling read, for fans of Gone Girl and We Were Liars.

There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind.
Apparently, she'd met someone online, they write to each other in class, phones buzzing.
She ran away. She was taken.

The first time Aiden Kendrick hears about Lizzie Summersall's disappearance is when the police appear at his front door. He and Lizzie used to be friends; they aren't anymore. And when Aiden finds out that Lizzie had been talking to strangers on Facebook; that the police think she went to meet one of them, he begins to wonder how well he ever really knew her, and Aiden doesn't know it yet, but with Lizzie's disappearance his life is about to take a twisted and desperate turn.
 "(Source: Goodreads)

Do you like unreliable narrators?

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